7 Ways to Better Navigate Windows 10

07/12/2016

The difference between regular users and power users in their capability of navigating the OS and utilizing its tips and tricks for an efficient computing experience. It may take anywhere from a few sessions to a few months to really get into the swing of it. Achieve power user status quickly with the direction of these tips:

windows 10 tips and tricks

  1. Master Virtual Desktops

Virtual desktops allow for better utilization of screen space. You can span your applications and windows across several ‘virtual’ desktops.

  1. Next-level screenshotting

The original screenshotting methods on Windows include Windows + Prt Scn, which captures the screen and saves it into the Screenshots folder; and ALT + Prt Scn, which captures the screen and copies it to your clipboard.

With the new built-in Snipping Tool, it is much easier to capture a dull screen screenshot. From a free-form rectangle to a specific aspect ratio or even an entire window as well.

  1. Shake and minimize

For users who aren’t aware of this trick, you can grab a window by its bar and literally shake your mouse. This causes all the other windows to automatically minimize.

  1. Professional Windows snapping

Snapping windows to certain parts of the screen is ideal for multitasking. You can now organize and monitor different applications more seamlessly.

  • Drag a window to the right or left to split it in half.
  • Drag a window to a corner to reduce it to a fourth of its size.
  • Drag a window to the top to maximize its size.
  1. Record your screen with the Xbox app

After launching the Xbox app, go to the app you wish to record and press Windows + G. You’ll be prompted with a window that asks: “Do you want to open the Game bar?” Click on the “Yes, this is a fame” box and let the recording begin!

  1. Talk to Cortana normally

Aside from typing your requests, you can also use natural language to ask Cortana to locate your vacation photos, or provide directions to your friend’s house. Cortana is also synced with your calendar, so Cortana can easily pull up meeting dates if you have forgotten.

  1. Automatic Battery Saver mode

When activating battery saver in Windows 10, you can limit your portable devices’ background activity and push notifications to prolong battery life. Battery saver activates once your battery life is lower than 20%.